Simona Halep hits back to sink Angelique Kerber in quarter-finals

Garbine Muguruza thrashed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 to reach the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday, June 6, condemning the Russian to her worst Grand Slam defeat in more than 6 years.

The Romanian's mentality has often been questioned, but she showed her mental strength and remains on course to win her first Grand Slam. The 24-year-old Muguruza holds a 3-1 record over Halep, with the victor of the last-four clash to face either Sloane Stephens or her fellow American Madison Keys in the final.

"When you're writing an autobiography, I don't think there is any reason to write anything that's not true", said Sharapova after being knocked out of Roland Garros by Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-1 in the quarter-finals.

Kerber, bidding to become the second German woman to reach the last four here, after Andrea Petkovic, since Steffi Graf in 1999, was visibly ailing because of blisters in the deciding set and the medical time out after three games didn't help her to solve the issue.

Halep secured an early break in the second and did not relinquish it despite some fierce pressure from the two-times major victor Kerber, with one remarkable shot at the net even prompting applause from the German.

Halep has won five of her past nine matches against the 12th-seeded Kerber, including their most recent encounter in the Australian Open semifinals when she saved two match points.

"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all", said Halep. I think my shots were a lot more forced. Off the baseline, Stephens will bait Keys to go for too much, using her speed and counter-punching ability to shrink the court. "I think that's a load of crap, but, you know, it's just me". There were no such fireworks this time, though, with Halep sealing a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 victory.

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Breaks were swapped twice in the first set before 25-year-old Schwartzman broke the Nadal serve for a third time to lead 5-4. Though Nadal hit back to level for 2-2, the plucky Argentinian broke again with a thumping forehand to regain control.

On Court Suzanne Lenglen, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro were locked in a first-set tiebreak when play was called off.

Top seed Nadal, chasing an 11th title in Paris, dropped the first set 6-4 to his Argentine opponent, the first time he lost a set at the tournament since 2015. Halep has won 12 of her last 14 matches on clay court.

But by the third set Halep had broken the German's defenses - and her resolve - as she banged in 76 percent of her first serves, with only half the unforced errors of her opponent.

Sharapova never recovered from serving up 3 double faults in the first game. Sharapova was the French Open champion in 2012 and 2014; Muguruza took the trophy in 2016. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros. I didn't manage to find the rhythm, to be focused on my match.

She missed several chances to go 4-1 ahead but she remained able to built the points more convincingly.

The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

One could not tell on Monday, however, as she kept misfiring against two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber.

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